Old Wake Forest Road, before construction

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

The proposed improvements consist of widening Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. (US1). Roadway improvements will include:

  • Curb and gutter;
  • An 8-foot wide sidewalks on one side of the roadway;
  • A 12-foot wide multi-use path on the other side;
  • Streetlights;
  • Landscaping; and,
  • A new railroad bridge.

    Project Details

    $13 Million
    Wetherill Engineering, INC.



    Grady McCollum, PE
    Project Manager

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    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services


    The original Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on March 8, 2018. This design was then presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC), who showed concern with the on-road bike lanes in an area with significant traffic and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. After consulting with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Raleigh City Council, a new design was proposed for the corridor.

    The improved design removes the five-foot-wide bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the Multi Use Path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project.

    The process of developing the new design alternatives, getting the proposed design approved by council, and redeveloping the design drawings has delayed the overall project schedule. The updated schedule can be found below.

    Next Steps


    We are scheduled to have a Advanced Design Public Touchpoint Summer 2020.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services


    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services


    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Project Details

    The purpose of this 1.33-mile project is to widen Old Wake Forest Road to a four-lane divided roadway with accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians from Litchford Road to Capital Boulevard. 

    Dixie Forest Road will have pedestrian and bicycle facilities added from Spring Forest Road to Litchford Road. 

    The current design includes a 12’ multi-use path and 8’ sidewalk along Old Wake Forest Road. 

    Additionally, this project will include a new bridge structure over the existing railroad corridor.


    Date Activity
    March 8, 2018 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
    Nov. 2018 City Council Presentation
    Summer 2020 Advanced Design Public Touchpoint
    Fall 2020 City Council Presentation
    Fall 2020 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
    Late Fall 2020 Advertise for Construction Contract
    Winter 2021 Award Construction Contract
    Winter 2023 Project Completion

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